The Lighthouse

 (9,419)7.51 h 49 min2019X-RayR
Two lighthouse keepers (Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe) fight each other for survival and sanity on a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890s. From Robert Eggers, the visionary filmmaker behind horror masterpiece 'The Witch'.
Robert Eggers
Willem DafoeRobert PattinsonValeriia Karaman
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rsmacleodReviewed in the United States on December 26, 2019
1.0 out of 5 starsDark, gloomy, utterly depressing movie about two crazy men going even crazier.
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Yes, I am sure the true film experts loved the grainy texture, cropped frames and atmospheric soundscape that were all very artistic and certainly unusual. The acting was compelling. However, the plot was just bizarre interactions heaped on deep psychological disorders, spiced with a sordid past that seemed very worth escaping. Perhaps there are deeper interpretations about the sexual nature of lighthouses, another strange subplot, but it just did not seem very relevant to anything. One cour not help but cheer on the seagulls. Beware, this movie neither answers any questions nor poses any worth answering.
524 people found this helpful
MatReviewed in the United States on December 21, 2019
5.0 out of 5 starsBroke: spilling tea. Woke: spilling beans.
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I couldn't have had any higher expectations. Ever since the first photo came out in April I was hooked. Even before my first showing in October, I waited in line for 3 hours chilled to the bone after a Bomb Cyclone hit Boston and almost didn't make it in for the free premiere. I was the last person allowed in and everyone else was turned away. By some strange turn of fate, I was destined to see this.

I can, fortunately, say that my expectations were met and exceeded. The aesthetics and camerawork of the film are sublime, if you've seen the trailer that's clear. All of the buildings featured including the titular lighthouse were all constructed on-site. The chemistry between Dafoe and Pattinson is incredible, definitely giving the performances of their careers. The story is... Something I need a few more viewings to completely wrap my head around. But much like The Witch, I can see that some people might be a bit off-put by how it ends. Overall I loved it though.

The Lighthouse is a movie about identity, sanctity, and insanity. A wonderfully maddening journey I'm looking forward to taking again as soon as possible.
307 people found this helpful
Kylan NowellReviewed in the United States on December 22, 2019
5.0 out of 5 starsThis Film is a Masterpiece
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This film is wonderful. If you are a fan of film and film-making, this movie is for you. If you are a fan of watching a movie 4 different times and come away with a different interpretation of events each time, this movie is for you. If you want a film that's simultaneously a Horror film, a comedy film, and a film that isn't quite like anything you've ever seen before, this movie is for you.

Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson give incredible performances, Willem in particular deserves an Oscar nomination. The cinematography is rich and purposeful, with details hidden in the frame that you can catch on repeat viewings. The tone of this film is completely unique, and you understand it from the way the director incorporates the beautifully composed score that is haunting and perfectly compliments the imagery associated with it.

The closest film I can compare The Lighthouse to is The Shining, both in terms of the atmosphere it presents, the story it tells, and the mastery of its execution. Robert Eggers has proven to be possibly one of the most talented directors working today.

The pace is not for everyone, but I recommend everyone not just watch this movie, but experience it. It's unique and whether or not you like it by the end, you will definitely find some moments etched into your brain for the next few weeks.
256 people found this helpful
Denise FergusonReviewed in the United States on December 22, 2019
1.0 out of 5 starsAbsolute Trash
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Wow, that was awful! None of the movie makes sense. It is absolute trash. I have no idea what I just watched. It was a waste of my money. How in the world did this get such a high rating? I couldn't rate it less than 1, but I would if I could.
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James F.Reviewed in the United States on December 26, 2019
3.0 out of 5 starsBadly in need of an editor
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First off, the performances are top-notch. I wouldn't have thought that Robert Pattinson had acting chops on the same level as Willen Dafoe, but both men are outstandingly good in the film.

That said, this really strikes me as an overly long slog where professional critics feel the need to declare it wonderful so they can feel better about themselves that they somehow really understood a meandering, impregnable movie. I am usually a fan of dense, hard-to-access stories that become more immersive and tightly knit after a second or third viewing but this is not that kind of film. It's actually easier to understand if you watch the trailer, and then skip over the first hour of the movie. That to me says the film badly needs cutting and the director was so in love with the photography that he lost any semblance of coherency.

It is gorgeous to look at, and again, the characters are incredibly well played, but I can't quite shake the feeling that if every scene was shortened by 50%, this would have been an incredibly taut, riveting thriller. As it is, it's too overly dull, plus has too many scenes dissecting Dafoe's character's penchant for the occasional fart.

Great premise, the most beautiful photography in a film I've seen in a long time, excellent performances, all ruined by a director that wants. . .to. . .linger. . .so. . .long. . .on. . .every. . .single. . .shot. . .
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GJReviewed in the United States on October 18, 2019
5.0 out of 5 starsGenius film
A brilliant cinematic achievement, simply a feast for the eyes. Bold performances, stunning cinematography, gothic and spooky, but also funny and weird. Light on plot, heavy on style and atmosphere. Highly recommended!
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JakeReviewed in the United States on December 20, 2019
5.0 out of 5 starsAMAZING
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Might be my favorite movie of all time -- a love letter to sailor stories and the salty depths of male psyche.
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MojaveReviewed in the United States on December 30, 2019
1.0 out of 5 starsI wish there was a “zero” rating!
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I actually own this rotten fish film, Amazon wouldn’t allow a rental. I want my money back. I know, the artsy folks will look down on me as a shlub who is too stupid to grasp all the intricate meanings and metaphors and masturbation... that’s fine. This movie isn’t for everyone. If you like dull movies that make no sense at all, then this is for you.
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